The Broad Palate – November ’23

Redlands Lane resident Ann Shaw has taken up the baton laid down by Richard Childs & The Bishops’ Kitchen‘s recipes which ended in Spring ’22 and will be providing us with two seasonal recipes each month 🙂

Squash and Sausage Pasta – serves 4

A punchy, hassle-free, easily adaptable dish, great November comfort food. Use any crumbly vegetarian sausages instead, if you prefer, and roast any veggies that need using up in place of the squash!

  • Half a butternut or other squash, peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes
  • Olive oil
  • 0.5 tsp red chilli flakes
  • 1 tsp fennel seeds, bashed
  • 1 tsp dried sage or 1 tbsp finely chopped fresh
  • 400 g pack good sausages, (I use Cumberland or Lincolnshire), skinned
  • Half tbsp dried oregano
  • 200ml white wine or veg/chicken stock
  • Zest and juice of 1 lemon
  • 1-2 tsp sugar
  • 400 g fusilli or penne
  • 15g Parmesan cheese , plus extra for serving
  • ½ bunch flat-leaf parsley
  • Salt and pepper to taste


Heat oven to 200°C/180° fan. Toss squash in a little olive oil and tumble onto a baking tray. Add salt and pepper to taste and roast for 25-30 mins until cooked and slightly charred. (Can be made the day before and stored in fridge).
In the meantime, heat a glug of oil in a large frying pan on a medium/high heat and add the skinned sausages, breaking them down with a spatula until you have a coarse mince. Allow to brown a little then add in the chilli, fennel and sage.
Press the meat down further until caramelised and brown. Add the oregano and wine/stock and cook over a medium heat for 5 minutes. Add zest and juice of a lemon and 1-2 tsp sugar.
Keep warm on a low heat. Finally add the roasted squash.
Cook the pasta, drain and reserve a mugful of the cooking water. Add the pasta and the reserved water to the meat mixture. Stir well until hot through and add the grated Parmesan and chopped parsley.
Check seasoning and enjoy!

Pear and Apple Sponge – serves 4-6 

Old-school comfort food, great for using up any fruit glut. Obviously, just use whatever fruit you have/prefer! Lovely with cream or custard (or both!)

  • 3 eating apples and 3 large pears, peeled, cored and sliced
  • 55g-85g (2-3oz) caster sugar or light brown sugar (depending upon sweetness of fruit)

For the sponge:-

  • 115g (4oz)self-raising flour
  • 115g (4oz) softened butter
  • 115g (4oz) caster sugar (preferably golden)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 heaped tbsp yogurt (or squeeze of lemon in a quarter cup of milk left for 5 min)
  • 1 tsp vanilla or almond extract
  • Flaked almonds (optional)

Heat oven to 180C/160C fan. Place fruit and sugar in a pan over a medium heat. Simmer gently for 5-8 minutes until fruit has softened. Place in an ovenproof dish around 20cm/8ins diameter and set aside.
Tip all the remaining ingredients (minus the flaked almonds) into a large mixing bowl and beat until smooth and creamy using a stand or hand-held mixer.
Spread this mixture over the fruit and smooth top. Sprinkle with flaked almonds if desired. Bake in centre of oven for 30 minutes or until sponge is cooked through and a skewer comes out clean from the centre.
Leftovers great with a cup of tea !

Thank you to Ann Shaw for her recipes – we look forward to more!
To revisit the recipes provided by Richard Childs – please click HERE 🙂

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Beaujolais Nouveau Evening – Thursday, 16th November

Pour Decisions has become a regular evening spot for some as they are open until 6pm on Fridays and 7pm on Saturdays. Broadwindsor’s secret deli in Redlands Yard is becoming increasingly popular 🙂

They are hosting their first tasting evening celebrating Beaujolais Nouveau on Thursday, 16th November.
Taste Beaujolais Nouveau, plus 4 other reds ahead of the Christmas season. A glass of your favourite is included in the price of £10.00. A small menu of saucisson, cheese and bread will be available too. You’ll also be first in line to place any Christmas pre-orders!

Get your tickets in store or online HERE.

Gift vouchers
are now available – hand cut and printed by them, and available for any amount big or small. A lovely gift and way to support a small local business too!


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BSO Trio Sunday Serenade – 19th November

As part of an Artsreach funded project, a trio of musicians from the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra (BSO) will perform from 2.30pm on Sunday, 19th November.

A Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra trio of flute, cello and harp will serenade you in a programme of music through the ages, from Bach and Bizet to Ibert and Joni Mitchell, with pieces especially arranged for this unique and beautiful line up.

This special afternoon recital is presented from the stage by the musicians, in an intimate and relaxed setting.  Refreshments Available (cash only).

Running time: 1hr 40mins + interval


Schubert – Staendchen (serenade)
Bach – Suite in D – Gavotte I & 11, Air, Bouree, Gigue
Bizet – Carmen Suite Toreador’s Song, Habanera and Gypsy Song
Brahms – Hungarian Dance no.5
Mozart – Divertimento no.12 in E flat major K252
Grieg – Peer Gynt Suite Morning 3’33 Anitra’s Dance 3’20
Coleridge-Taylor – Demande et Reponse from Petite Suite de Concert (Cello, Harp, Flute)
Elgar – Chanson de Nuit
Ibert – Entr’acte (Harp & Flute)
Mitchell – Both Sides Now

Tickets in advance:

  • £12 adult
  • £5 Under 18s
  • £30 Family of 4 (2 adults + 2 Under 18s)

Available from Margaret Wing – tel. 07796 454203 or email
Alternatively, you can purchase online HERE  (a booking fee applies).

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Big Breakfast – Saturday, 25th November

The Comrades Hall Management Committee are hosting a BIG Breakfast event to raise funds for the Hall, on Saturday, 25th November from 9am until 11.30am 🙂

For just £10 (£8 for those with a smaller appetite) you can start your day by being served a Full English breakfast with fruit juice, tea/coffee and toast.
A family of 4 (2 adults & 2 children under 12yrs.)  £25.


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Broadwindsor Community Film Club – Subscriptions Due

November is when subscriptions are due for membership of Broadwindsor Community Film Club. It’s still only £20/year (£15 if you’re over 65 yrs.) to join! Meeting at 19.30hrs. on the 3rd Friday of each month – films are shown on the big screen at the Comrades Hall.

Films are advised by email to members, published on Broadwindsor.Org and advertised in the Broadwindsor News.
New/Renewal Membership Fees remain unchanged at:
Over 65’s – £15
Under 65’s – £20
Please make cheques made payable to ‘Comrades Hall’.  This is the preferred method of payment as it affords them and you a receipt/proof of payment.  They will also accept cash.
Members can invite Guests at £4 per person a film.
Members also have free access to an extensive list of DVDs which have been shown previously.
For more information, please contact:
Emma Myers
by email: or Margaret Wing on: 01308 867252.

Friday, November 17th brings an action-Western

Old Henry (2021) (15)

Directed by Potsy Ponciroli and starring Tim Blake Nelson, Scott Haze, Stephen Dorff and Gavin Lewis
Running time:  1hr 39mins.

A widowed farmer and his son warily take in a mysterious,  injured man with a satchel of cash.  When a posse of men claiming to be the law come for the money, the farmer must decide whom to trust.  Defending against a siege of his homestead, he reveals a talent for gunslinging that surprises everyone, calling his true identity into question.

  • Doors open at 7pm for 7.30pm.
  • Film Club members – Free entry
  • Guests – £4 (cash please)
  • Refreshments available, including a cash bar.
  • Tickets can be booked in advance by contacting:
    Emma or
    Margaret Wing01308 867252

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ightAtTheMovies #OffToTheFlicks, #BeKind #BeSafe #StaySafe

Changes To Broadwindsor Post Office Outreach Service

For over 11 years we have appreciated and enjoyed the Post Office services visiting the Comrades Hall on a Tuesday and a Friday morning –  the times they are a’changing… the Post Office are also working on notices to inform the community to reduce any confusion.

The good news is that we continue to have a Post Office Outreach service visiting the village twice a week 🙂 but the main changes are:

  • The days will be changing from Tuesdays and Fridays to Mondays and ThursdaysMonday, 20th of November being the first day.
  • There will be no Post Office services on Friday, 17th November leading up to the transition.
  • The Post Office services will be provided will be via their new mobile van which will park in the Comrades Hall car park.
  • Service times will be Mondays 12.15 – 1.15pm and Thursdays 9.15 – 10.45am

The Comrades Hall Management Committee next meet on 23rd October and they will propose the new timing requirements for use of the car park and the PO User Group coffee set up to continue on the current basis.

Thank you to Steve and his team at Beaminster Post Office who have all been committed from day one to keep a Post Office service going for all of the communities they serve.  🙂

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Bell Rehearsal Today

It may be Friday, 13th but the joyous peals from the bells of St. John the Baptist church in Broadwindsor can be heard this evening as the bell ringers practice for a village wedding ceremony happening tomorrow afternoon 🙂

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CAB At FareShare This Week

The Citizen’s Advice Bureau will have an Outreach individual at this Friday’s (13th October) FareShare at Drimpton Village Hall. If you have any queries or need advice – please take advantage of this service 🙂

The FareShare Larder is a community larder run by volunteers for the benefit of their local community. They are  located in the car park at: Drimpton Village Hall between 9.30am – 10.30am every Friday. Click HERE for more info.



FMR Trust Award 2 Grants To Village Groups

Following last night’s Parish Council meeting at Blackdown, The FMR Trust awarded two grants – to West Dorset Rangers to support the cost of a visit to the Houses of Parliament and to Broadwindsor School to help with funds needed to replace their swings. 🙂
(You can donate to the school through their JustGiving Page HERE.)
The FMR Trust provides grants to groups and organisations within Broadwindsor, Drimpton and Blackdown for sporting and active recreational projects. Find out more HERE. If you have a project idea, please do get in touch:
Trustees next meet on 8th January 2024.

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Broadwindsor Group Parish Council Meeting – Monday, 9th October

Next Monday’s meeting of Broadwindsor Group Parish Council will be held at BlackdownVillage Hall at 7.30pm.  All are invited to attend.

The full agenda may be viewed HERE which includes…

Item 5: Public Participation
Residents are invited to give their views and ask questions of the Parish Council on issues on this Agenda.
a. Report from Councillor Christopher, Dorset Council
b. Report from Dorset Police

Item 8: Planning Applications

a. Applications Received and Circulated for Consultation
P/FUL/2023/03535, Lower Sandpit Farm, Hardys Lane, Drimpton, DT8 3RS
P/FUL/2023/04553, Seaborough Manor Farm, Seaborough, DT8 3QY
P/LBC/2023/04554, Seaborough Manor Farm, Seaborough, DT8 3QY
P/TRC/2023/05457, Telephone Exchange, The Old Bakery, Broadwindsor, DT8 3RU
P/FUL/2023/05316, Holly Cottage, Access Road to Hillside Farm, Seaborough, DT8 3QY
The Old George, The Square, Broadwindsor, DT8 3QD (Application for a Premises Licence)
b. Other Applications
c. Results
P/TRC/2023/04519, Little Hayes, High Street, Broadwindsor, DT8 3QP: (Tree Works) No Objection
P/PABA2/2023/05207, Knapp Farm, Specket Lane, Broadwindsor, DT8 3LD: Prior Approval Granted
P/LBC/2023/04169, Coronation House, Main Street Through Hursey, DT8 3LN: Granted
P/CLE/2023/04027, Carmoor Farm, Hollis Hill, Broadwindsor, DT8 3QS: (Lawful Development
Certificate) Granted
P/FUL/2023/02425, The Magdalen Project, Magdalen Farm, Maudlin Lane, Winsham, TA20 4PA:
P/FUL/2023/03774, North Dibberford Farm, Beaminster, DT8 3HD: Granted
P/FUL/2023/00747, Bridge Farm, Chard Road, Drimpton, DT8 3RF: Withdrawn
d. Neighbourhood Plan Update
e. Listed Buildings and Solar Panels

Item 13: Highways
a. Feedback from Visit from Dorset Council Highways
b. Update on Issues Reported to Dorset Council Highways
c. Storage and Maintenance of Parish Council Mower
d. Fingerpost Restoration Programme
e. Broadwindsor Tree Concerns Update
f. Drimpton CCTV
g. Speed Indicator Device Update
h. Dog Fouling Update

Item 14: Events
a. Fireworks Display
b. Armistice Day Memorial Event

Item 15: Post Office Outreach Service, Comrades Hall

Item 19: Public Participation
Residents are invited to give their views and ask questions of the Parish Council on any outstanding
issues on this Agenda or raise issues for future consideration.

Item 21: FMR Trust
a. To receive the Finance Report (Balance £3,126.62 as of 30 September 2023)
b. To approve payment of £335.25 for Broadwindsor Group Parish Council (Trust Administration)
c. To consider grant payment of £200.00 for Broadwindsor Rangers (Visit to Houses of Parliament)

The full agenda may be downloaded HERE .

The press and public are invited to attend. Under the Openness of Local Government Bodies Regulations 2014, members of the public may now film, photograph and make audio recordings of the proceedings of the formal Council meeting, though not, under current legislation, of the Public Participation session, as this is not part of the formal agenda of the meeting. Recording activity should be respectful to the conduct of the meeting and behaviour that disrupts the meeting (such as oral commentary) will not be permitted. Any member of the public shall not speak for more than five minutes. A question asked by a member of the public during Public Participation shall not require a response or debate during the meeting though the Chairman may direct that a written response will be provided subsequent to the meeting.

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